Image Centre's treatment menu might seem overwhelming if it wasn't for the technicians, stylists, aestheticians, and surgeons on hand to walk clients through their options. For quick beauty touchups, they may recommend a Shellac manicure or an airbrush spray tan. A more involved appointment might include a microdermabrasion facial combined with a cherry clarifying peel, or it might consist of a Brazilian blowout and a karaoke performance of the album "American Pie" and Other Eight-Minute Songs. Most serious of all would be the center's cosmetic-surgery options, including eye-lifts and liposuction, performed at a separate surgery center. To address their long-term health concerns, clients can also explore the center's weight-loss plans, which rely heavily on B12 and other vitamin injections in an effort to impact the body's metabolism.
Skincare expert Candy Granados has witnessed the evolution of the beauty industry over the past 17 years, working at international resorts and spas and now staying on top of the latest research and technology at her own practice. She customizes more than 20 types of facials, peels, and specialty treatments with professional products by Le Mieux and Mesoestetic USA, and she adds to the relaxing nature of each visit with a face, neck, and shoulder massage. Enhancing beauty through technology, Granados exfoliates skin with a microdermabrasion device, deploys ultrasonic waves to deep-clean pores, and uses LED therapy to address redness, laxity, or pallid skin caused by clapping the dust out of chalkboard erasers.
Feel Beautiful's aesthetic artist Daiquiri Rankin, RN, enlivens soul vehicles with youth-restoring and non-invasive treatments such as Exilis body contouring. The up to 45-minute laser treatments attempt to shrink fat cells by aiming radio-frequency waves and electrical currents at unwanted adipose areas in a wealth of trouble spots, including the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. Jealous jowls, arms, necks, and adorably rotund cuticles desiring an unruffled silhouette are also eligible for this affectionate heat-hug. Additionally, the therapy can stimulate subcutaneous collagen production that tightens skin, potentially reducing the appearance of unwanted wrinkles. Reported by many to be painless, most clients experience a mild warming sensation reminiscent of hugs from a dryer-fresh teddy bear. Feel Beautiful recommends a course of four–five treatments over a six-week period for optimal results.
Polished Images, which is both a relaxing day spa and a full-service hair and nail salon, transforms clients with the help of various Pureology hair products, hard wax, and hawaiian kukui-nut massage oil. Amid the spa's muted lighting, earth-toned walls, and floral accents, licensed aestheticians beautify skin with facials, waxing, and custom airbrush tanning. Next door at the bright salon, hairstylists stand diligently over heads, snipping and arranging coifs into everyday styles or elaborate updos for special occasions and trips to the mailbox.
Licensed aesthetician Lynn Pierce believes that taking care of mind, body, and soul is the most important way to illuminate one’s inner beauty. That’s why she incorporates her experience as a holistic health practitioner into all of her skin care treatments, applying Reiki healing techniques to help gently balance energy. Lynn specializes in anti-aging skin care, offering a signature facial that includes diamond microdermabrasion, an enzyme mask, and an anti-aging serum facial massage. Chakra balancing enhances the experience while helping pores relax and avoid spontaneous combustion. Along with a menu of customized facials, Zen Skin Carlsbad also pampers clients with massage services, sunless tanning, and guided meditation.
A board-certified plastic surgeon oversees the beautifying procedures at OasisMD, from cosmetic tucks and lifts to laser treatments and high-tech spa services. Beam-based services include blemish-banishing photofacials, acne clearing, and laser hair removal that erases unwanted strands from virtually any body part. Facial fillers such as Botox or Dysport help fill in fine lines and wrinkles, while Latisse treatments encourage personal growth in stubbornly immature eyelashes.
Dr. Scott C. Sessions, medical director of Pacific Cielo, brings more than two decades of plastic-surgery experience to every treatment he oversees. This expertise helps him minimize the pain and swelling that can be associated with cosmetic procedures, allowing him to concentrate on cutting the correctly colored wire hidden under the skin. Along with his surgical team, Dr. Sessions smoothes complexions with skin tightening and facial rejuvenation and hides unsightly wrinkles with fat transfers and dermal fillers. Off the operating table, noninvasive options such as laser and radio-frequency techniques tighten and tone without the use of scalpels, saving them for making surrealist collages out of the waiting room's back issues of Time.